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  • The Beautiful Mystery

  • A Chief Inspector Gamache novel
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Adam Sims
  • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87

A MONASTERY. Hidden deep in the wilderness are the cloisters of two dozen monks - men of prayer and music, famous the world over for their glorious voices. A MURDER. But a brutal death throws the monastery doors open to the world. And through them walks the only man who can shine light upon the dark deeds within: Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. A MYSTERY. Who among the brothers has become an angel of death?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The beautiful mystery

  • By Miss Sparkle on 30-05-18

My favourite in this series so far

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-11-16

Loved the setting, fascinating history and daily life of monks, lots of tension and light moments too. I am even listening to Gregorian chants now.

  • Chinese Whispers

  • The China Thrillers, Book 6
  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 291
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 289

His victims are young, beautiful, and viciously mutilated. He calls himself the Beijing Ripper. The media and terror-stricken public are demanding the killer's arrest, and Li Yan, the head of Beijing’s serious crime squad, has been put in the spotlight. American pathologist Margaret Campbell is asked to perform an autopsy on one of the victims, and her results send shockwaves through the investigation. Then Li begins receiving personal letters from the killer, and his life and career start falling apart.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I have now listened to all six of this series

  • By Patricia on 26-08-15

Ridiculous story, very gory

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-08-16

Like these characters, the clash of cultures, life in Beijing. This is all done well as in the previous China stories. But the storyline is too sensationalist and implausible - yet again. Keep it simple.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Runaway

  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Peter Forbes
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,372
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,245
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,248

In 1965, five teenage friends fled Glasgow for London to pursue their dream of musical stardom. Yet before year's end three returned, and returned damaged. In 2015, a brutal murder forces those three men, now in their 60s, to journey back to London and finally confront the dark truth they have run from for five decades. Runaway is a crime novel covering 50 years of friendships solidified and severed, dreams shared and shattered and passions lit and extinguished.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great listen!

  • By jane on 02-01-15

Hmmm. Is Peter May starting to get a bit annoying ???

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-01-15

Would you try another book written by Peter May or narrated by Peter Forbes?

Yes, but Iam getting wary.

Would you ever listen to anything by Peter May again?

Yes, but this one deteriorated as it went on. The last part was somewhat farcical and over sentimental.

What about Peter Forbes’s performance did you like?

Very expressive, good accents.

Do you think Runaway needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No definitely NOT.

Any additional comments?

It started off okay, but the story just got more and more ridiculous as it went on.

  • Deep Trouble

  • The Complete Series 1
  • By: Jim Field Smith, Ben Willbond
  • Narrated by: Jim Field Smith, Ben Willbond, Katherine Jakeways
  • Length: 1 hr and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 73

Travel deep under the surface of the sea, as the officers and crew of HMS Goliath invite you to share in 'Deep Trouble'.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Laughed once in one hour, 52 minutes

  • By ET on 10-07-14

Thanks heavens I found this

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-07-14

Any additional comments?

After listening to Cabin Pressure about five times, I had given up finding anything to take its place. But I found this, and while not quite as brilliant (who could ever match Douglas !) this is extremely funny and very satisfying to listen to.

  • My First Planet: The Complete Series 1

  • By: Phil Whelans
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Lyndhurst, Vicki Pepperdine, Tom Goodman-Hill, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 51 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 107

The complete first series of My First Planet - a sitcom set on a shiny new planet, starring Nicholas Lyndhurst, Vicki Pepperdine (Jo Brand's Getting On) & Tom Goodman-Hill ( Another Case of Milton Jones) The story so far: Unfortunately, Burrows the leader of the colony has died on the voyage, so his Number 2, Brian (Nicholas Lyndhurst), is now in charge. He's a nice enough chap, but no alpha male, and his desire to sort things out with a nice friendly meeting infuriates the colony's Chief Physician, Lillian (Vicki Pepperdine), who'd really rather everyone was walking round in tight colour-coded tunics....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Promised so much - delivered so little

  • By KM on 14-05-13

More please ! This is hilarious.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-07-14

Would you listen to My First Planet: The Complete Series 1 again? Why?

Yes, I'm sure I missed a few things because I was laughing..

Who was your favorite character and why?

Lillian

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No

Any additional comments?

Just loved the whole concept. Great narrators.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme: The Complete Series 1

  • By: John Finnemore
  • Narrated by: John Finnemore
  • Length: 1 hr and 51 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 390
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 351
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 343

John Finnemore, writer and star of Cabin Pressure, returns in four episodes of his own sketches, as heard on BBC Radio. These episodes feature a tiger with a gun, reveal the truth behind the war effort, visit some documentary-makers, has a big debate and then treats itself to a little trophy. Plus, there are also some musical interludes from the zoo. John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme is written by and stars John Finnemore (The Now Show, Miranda, That Mitchell and Webb Look).

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gets better in later series but still brilliant.

  • By Mez Kyte on 12-01-15

Very funny sketches, second to Cabin Pressure

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-02-14

Would you listen to John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme: The Complete Series 1 again? Why?

A great chuckle, just love his witty humour. Some of the sketches are a little short, and I think the structure of a longer narrative, as in Cabin Pressure, works better, but these are still extremely funny.

What did you like best about this story?

The dialogue is cracking. Loved "The Archers" for those who don't really watch the Archers"

Have you listened to any of John Finnemore’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Cabin Pressure - different character, same wit.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Diamonds are Forever (with Interview)

  • By: Ian Fleming
  • Narrated by: Damian Lewis
  • Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 321
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279

Diamonds are being smuggled on a formidable scale from Africa to America via Britain. 007’s assignment is to break the smuggling ring. It’s a dangerous mission that takes him to the racecourse and mud-baths of Saratoga Springs, the gaming tables of Las Vegas, the ghost town of Spectreville and beyond. The Spangled Mob threatens to be too much even for Bond, but help is at hand in the shape of co-conspirator Tiffany Case.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Superbly read

  • By film and theatre buff on 13-04-15

A rare disappointment - let down by narrator

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-02-13

I am onto my fourth in the new James Bond series but this one is let down by the narrator, who reads in a very rushed and breathy style, at times tripping over words and swallowing the ends of sentences. It can become quite irritating and works against the natural rhythm of the story. But so far, all the others have been brilliant, especially Moonraker and Live and let Die, so I am definitely going to plough on to the end ! What a treat to listen to these great tales.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful